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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-26-2003)
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahh yes, an ESB -- in a can! This is a first for me. Kudos to Ska brewing for doing something different.

The can pops open with a fizz and some beer leaps out; it can't wait to get into my glass. I oblige it and pour into a pint, and watch as a 2 inch tall frothy head springs up, then dwindles to a manageable half inch of light tan bubbles. The ESB is a hazy light copper that's has a surprising amount of little particles floating in it. Head retention is good and leaves a small amount of sticky lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smells pretty solid, albeit basic. Toasty grain and a metallic hoppiness blend with a solid caramel smell and a little bitter crispness reminiscent of mineral water.

I'm happy to report that the beer was nearly finished before I got around to taking tasting notes. It's a crisp, light, malty brew with a toasty character and just enough hop bitterness to make it palatable. Indeed, it's extremely drinkable, and the light body and fizzy, mildly sweet finish make it wonderfully quenching. I could have another of this, or 5 more... it just goes down like water.

Ska's now holds claim to producing one of the better ESBs I've had, and certainly the finest canned version of the style to date. Recommended for camping trips and hot summer days when a pilsner just won't cut it.

Serving type: can

12-30-2007 18:44:39 | More by kkipple
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Taste - some bitterness from the hops up front, but pushed back by sweeter malts.
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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.